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The Untold Genius of Jazzuo

Ah — the Internet, home to such amateur media genius/tinkerers as David Firth and Joel Veitch.

…and “Jazzuo” — author of the completely inexplicable game Sexy Hiking.

Details on the creator are sketchy at best and his website seems to have gone entirely defunct, but according to his listing at Portal of Evil, he’s some homebrew game designer living in Poland.

The game itself is pure, unadulterated madness.

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The Gallery of Inept Child Outreach

Brought to you by your friends at the US government.

1) ReadyKids! (Department of Homeland Security)

2)  AMSville, brought to you by the US Department of Agriculture

More insanity, after the jump

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Musical Tesla Coils

Tesla Coils make noise when they are on and generally at a frequency that humans can’t hear however with a little geekery (read: voodoo electronics) tesla coils can be made to emit modulated tones and with enough work music .

Here is the first video I found which has a great jam and the some recognizable themes.

Notice the neon lights at the bottom which are powered by the coil itself.

The themes seem to break off here and one group from Austin came out with some specific performances of Super Mario as a duet and Escape from New York!

There is a lot involved here since the actual frequency emitted is well beyond human hearing capabilities. But by modulating the the power state of the tesla coil they can make it emit tones which humans can hear. A really really in depth explanation was recorded by the Geek Group.

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Studies Show TSA-Related Humor To Be Vaguely Amusing

Who knew that TSA-screeners had such a sense of humor?

Presenting, TSA-Screeners.com

Featuring a slew of surreally bad TSA-themed humor, including Onion-style fake headlines, three homebrew comic strips, and merch shop.

And, my personal favorite, TSA-themed parodies of popular songs.

All Hail the Internet!

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Jamaica 2.0, Part 2

Don’t you hate it when you post something about a phenomenon, and then the VERY NEXT DAY something totally explodes all over the scene that is really relevant to what you were writing about?

Check this headline I saw today: “PNP ‘pimps’ candidates for virtual friends“.

In addition to being endlessly hilarious, this article is also about an attempt from both of Jamaica’s major political parties to “reach out” to young people by, um, creating profiles for their candidates on social networking sites?

The whole article leaves you feeling kind of sorry for whoever is in charge of these campaigns. Clearly, they just wanted to throw technology at a problem and make it go away, but social networking profiles with no content and tiling heart backgrounds isn’t really going to make the youth of Jamaica stop thinking that politicians are total scumbags. It’s not even going to get them new supporters. Social networking has two sides: representing your current social network (in this case, supporters), and finding new people. Clearly, these pimped profiles are only useful for the first without additional content and strategies.

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Boytaur

Don’t ask me about how I found this one.

“There’s something wildly, almost primally, attractive about a guy with four legs: the crowding of long, sculpted thigh muscle, the four calf muscles bobbing and working in rhythm with his four-legged walk, the four strong male feet supporting his powerful boytaur body. Boytaurs know this attraction well, and it is our constant joy, both to have and to share.

Of course, many boytaurs don’t stop with four legs. Some add more legs, going six-legged or more. Some add extra arms. And many, enjoying all their boytaur feet, decide to go wristfooted as well.

Other boytaurs have completely different transformations, or none at all, but are still boytaurs in spirit, enjoying their augmented bodies, and sharing that joy freely. Boytaur.net is dedicated to helping that sharing go on across the internet, all around the world.”

Best (Worst) of all, it’s NSFW. Check it out here.

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Jamaica 2.0

Jamaica is pretty much on the other side of the digital divide, except for weird parts of the entertainment industry that seem to be embracing web 2.0. Check it:

This video, by popular group Voice Mail (hilarious, I know), features itself on what is obviously a parody of YouTube, “VTube”. What’s really interesting to me is how meta the video is–the video is about the video teaching everyone how to dance. It’s almost Mims-quality. Also, the VTube logo looks mysteriously like Gmail’s…hmmm…

Another great example: reggae star Sizzla, known for his devotion to the Bobo Ashanti branch of Rastafarianism and his Alien-esque headwraps, has just released a new album called “I-Space“. Yes, the name is a mashup of Iyaric and web 2.0. Yes, it’s AMAZING. None of the songs have to do with Myspace, of course, but Sizzla, like almost all Jamaican artists, has a Myspace page.

Really, the Myspace approach makes total sense for Jamaica, where the music scene is much more bottom-up than it is in the states. In fact, the #1 song in Jamaica right now, Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls”, only got produced when Sean Kingston repeatedly bugged Beyonce’s producer on Myspace until he gave him a chance. What doesn’t make sense is that much of the force behind this bottom-up culture comes from downtown Kingston, where internet access is not really readily available. What does it mean when most people don’t have access to the internet, but the artists are starting to rely on MySpace? I have no idea, but I guess Jamaica is about to find out.

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